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“Princess Bride” tribute. Signed 11″ x 14″ print from an illustration by Chet Phillips. Image copyright Princess Bride Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

This tribute showcases famous quotes and icons from the Rob Reiner film “Princess Bride” based on the book by William Goldman. Signed on bright white archival 60 lb. paper.

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  1. Maybe I’m just dense, but when I look up Inconceivable in the dictionary it appears he did use it properly. So what’s the joke?


  2. Of the four Renaissance fencing masters mentioned during the cliff duel, three are known to have left instructional manuals on the art of swordsmanship.

    Inigo Montoya: You are using Bonetti’s Defense against me, ah? (This being the instructor with no known surviving text, we have only a hint of what he might have taught from a contemporary at Blackfriar’s in London, who did leave behind writings on his fencing technique, primarily using the gloved left hand to bat away a thrust, and counterattacking by stepping to the side and thrusting.)

    Man in Black: I thought it fitting considering the rocky terrain.

    Inigo: Naturally, you must exspect me to attack with Capoferro? (Rudulfo Capoferro, a Venitian master who’s best known for writing very poorly about very good swordsmanship. He emphasized maximizing distance in a lunge, proper use of timing an opponent’s movement’s, and attacking only when you have control of their sword.)

    Man in Black: Naturally, but I find that Thibault cancels out Capoferro. Don’t you? (Gérard Thibault d’Anvers, a Dutch master, who studied under the progenitor of the unique Spanish school, left a manual written in French. One of the most detailed and illustrated fencing texts of all time, emphasizing geometry, circular footwork, and unusual to the dominant Italian school of the day, use of the cut as well as the thrust. For bibliophiles, his book is prized as a masterpiece of copperplate engraving.)

    Inigo: Unless the enemy has studied his Agrippa… which I have. (Camillo Agrippa, the presumed progenitor of the use of the rapier as the dominant civilian and dueling weapon for 200 years. The very first to lay down geometric proof of the supremacy of the thrust over the cut, and describe what we now recognize as a lunge. His manual is short with few illustrations, and no records of the day survive that list him as a fencing master at any school, he was however, a known and respected engineer and architect. We suspect that his knowledge of physics and geometry, rather than his actual experience with a sword, was the source of his work.)


  3. @2 Steve H

    everything that he said was inconceivable was being done. example (from the book, not the movie) as Fezzick is climbing the rope on the Cliffs of Insanity the man in black jumps onto the rope:

    “i can feel him,” Fezzik said. “His body weight on the rope.”

    “He’ll never catch up!” the Sicilian cried. “Inconceivable!”

    “You keep using that word!” the Spaniard snapped.”I don’t think it means what you think it does.”

    “How fast is he at climbing?” Fezzik asked.

    “i’m frightened” ws the Spaniards reply.

    The Sicilian gathered his courage again and looked down.

    The man in black seemed almost to be flying. Already he had cut their lead a hundred feet. Perhaps more.

    i prefer the book, but the movie is more quoted. in the movie the Spaniard and the Sicilian were looking down from the top when the movie quote was uttered.


  4. Read, no, but I’m familiar with stories of him through the SCA, and his work as a reproduction historian with Oakeshott.



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